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Dozens dead, wounded in Saudi strike on Sanaa police building

An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on the Houthis targeted a police building in the capital of Sanaa on Sunday night
Yemenis gather around a crater reportedly caused by a Saudi-led airstrike targeting the outskirts of the capital Sanaa on December 29, 2015 (AFP)

Saudi-led coalition jets have struck a police headquarters in the rebel-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa, leaving many dead and wounded, rescuers said Monday.

"At least 30 people have been killed and wounded," a source in the emergency services said, adding that "search operations are ongoing" to find victims buried under the rubble of the two-storey building that partially collapsed.

The building in central Sanaa was struck overnight, the source said, adding that a nearby mosque was also hit by the strikes.

Civilians were among the casualties, the source said, but further details were not immediately available.

According to AP, the building was partially used as a gathering point for security forces.

Security officials loyal to the Houthi Shia militia told reporters on Monday that at least 20 people were killed and 15 wounded.

The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out almost daily strikes since March 2015 against the Houthis who have seized control of large parts of Yemen including Sanaa.

More than 5,800 people have been killed in Yemen since March, about half of them civilians, according to the United Nations.

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